October 24, 2014
You might say that trying to predict the future is a little like nailing Jell-O to the wall — in some cases without a hammer. That’s no less true when it comes to energy policy. Yesterday’s peak-oil, hair-on-fire energy crisis can easily morph into today’s fracking-fueled, cheap-gas energy surge.
But that doesn’t mean our world doesn’t face some keen energy-related challenges, or that population trends aren’t requiring cities to rethink their approach to a sustainable energy future.
October 17, 2014
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Trisha Andrew, a University of Wisconsin-Madison assistant professor of chemistry, is one of 18 early career scientists from around the country named a Packard Fellow for Science and Engineering.
October 17, 2014
Last year when Google paid $3.2 billion for Nest, a startup that makes smart thermostats, the press joked that the internet giant would soon be posting advertisements on people’s home thermostats. But by May, Nest announced that it had used its devices to shave peak-demand energy use by a whopping 55 percent in its first test program. The company offers rewards to homeowners who allow the thermostat – which learns people’s habits over time – to adjust indoor temperatures during the hottest days.
October 01, 2014
The campus of healthcare software giant EPIC Systems, located in Verona, WI, is well known for its fun, architecturally distinct features: its farm-themed buildings, its slide between floors, and its futuristic conference room. The corporate culture at EPIC, which employs more than 8,000 people, is distinct as well. Team meetings often take place in EPIC’s spacious tree house and it’s perfectly acceptable to do work-related reading while sitting on the campus dock with toes soaking in the pond.
September 22, 2014
The number of extremely hot days in eastern and midwestern U.S. cities is projected to triple by mid-century, according to a new study led by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers and published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
September 17, 2014
On September 10th, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that Dr. Chris Hittinger, assistant professor of genetics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI), and colleagues have been awarded a five-year $2 million grant to study the genomes, metabolism, and ecology of diverse yeast species.
September 05, 2014
With a newly awarded $3 million Department of Energy research grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison Distinguished Professor of Engineering Physics and Wisconsin Energy Institute Director Michael Corradini will lead a collaborative effort to improve real-time testing and instrumentation for transient nuclear reactor experiments.
August 28, 2014
MADISON, WI – August 28, 2014 – The Department of Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been named a Milestones in Microbiology site by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). A dedication ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 12:00 Noon in the Ebling Symposium Center in the UW-Madison Microbial Sciences Building. The ASM Milestones in Microbiology program recognizes institutions and scientists that have made significant contributions toward advancing the science of microbiology.
August 23, 2014
The following is an editorial from the Boston Globe:
August 22, 2014
The Department of Energy recently announced a $67 million investment in advanced nuclear technology, including a total of about $4 million in grants for research and infrastructure at UW-Madison.
August 14, 2014
If you’ve ever spread manure over your field or garden, you’ve probably already got a basic understanding of the role of carbon in enhancing yield and promoting soil quality. A vital soil component, soil carbon provides plant nutrients and determines many of the soil’s physical, chemical, and biological properties.